Monolaurin, also known as glycerol monolaurate, glyceryl laurate or 1-Lauroyl-rac-glycerol, is a monoglyceride. It is the mono-ester formed from glycerol and lauric acid. Its chemical formula is C15H30O4. In the human body, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin. Monolaurin is found in coconut oil and human breast milk.Monolaurin has antibacterial and other antimicrobial effects in vitro. It may therefore be useful in the treatment or prevention of various infections, but its clinical usefulness has not been established. Monolaurin is used for preventing and treating colds (the common cold), flu (influenza), swine flu, herpes, shingles, and other infections. It is also used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and to boost the immune system.
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